Mary Berry proves to be the perfect recipe as fans pile into Letchworth Broadway Cinema

Mary Berry visited Letchworth for a book signing. PICTURE: Christian Trampenau.

Mary Berry visited Letchworth for a book signing. PICTURE: Christian Trampenau. - Credit: Archant

Take one reality TV superstar, stir in some questions about baking and top with hundreds of eager fans – Letchworth’s Broadway Cinema had the recipe for success on Friday night as punters clustered to catch a glimpse of the queen of baking Mary Berry.

The Great British Bake Off star held a question and answer session organised by the town’s David’s Bookshop to promote her latest book Absolute Favourites.

Speaking to the Comet, Mary said: “The book is about telling people how to prepare food in advance.

“People are so busy nowadays, they spend a lot less time in the kitchen. The book is inspired by my favourite hobbies, so I rediscovered those things, such as taking walks on the beach in the sunshine.”

Mary’s advice for a budding young Letchworth baker? The answer is simple: “If you want to be a chef you need to train. There are so many ways to do it. Go to college.

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“There is still room to make it in the baking industry, the market is not oversaturated. You need ideas.

“Great British Bake Off started off as a simple format, the show is just so simple. But baking has exploded across the UK.”

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More than 450 people flocked to the cinema session to listen to Mary talk about her favourite cooking techniques.

It was the just the latest in a successful series of events which see the Eastcheap bookshop link up with the nearby cinema.

Broadway Cinema manager Jason Valentine said: “We work very closely with David’s Bookshop and have had a number of successful celebrity question and answer sessions with the likes of Clare Balding and Paul Merton, always to a packed crowd.

“These events are for Letchworth. You don’t get a packed cinema anywhere anymore, so it’s a really good thing for the town.

“Events like this encourage people to come to Letchworth. It’s bringing in a different crowd who may not be cinema goers.

“When the crowds leave the cinema, you have to think, where do they go? To local restaurants, so everyone benefits.”

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